May 10, 2011

Polka Dot Day


I always wear the clothes I photograph around Budapest, but I have to admit I didn't carry this cute little parasol into the city. I just couldn't resist taking pictures with it. :)


Today the sun couldn't decide if it wants to shine full on, speckle me with spots or hide altogether. Hence the strangely lit pictures, sorry!

I bought this dress after Christmas, severely reduced, and it was definitely worth it, I wear it all the time. Apparently many bloggers have it, but I only saw it's red sister on Marisa Violeta. :)

Portrait of a bookworm

If we're talking polka dots, I couldn't help bringing along some of my favourite childhood reads from the Polka Dot Books series. Klára Fehér's book is not translated into English yet, but it would be a great project to do, and it would make an amazing film. I've been planning learning scriptwriting just for the sake of this book. I still love "Bezzeg az én időmben", as well as Erich Kästner. This yellow book here is "Lottie and Lisa".


What amazing covers! I'm still in love with them. And probably being subconsciously influenced by the pattern to choose certain backgrounds...

In other news: I hope you like the updated blog layout with new sections to browse through! I've been pondering a FAQ tab too, or maybe an IAQ one would be more interesting, for Infrequently Asked Questions. :)
Any feedback on what's already uploaded and any further ideas or questions very welcome!

Oh, the detils: Dress - Zara, Tights - Calzedonia, Bag - Thrifted, 
Tiny parasol - It's been around for ages, I actually have no idea where it's from...

27 comments:

leannaburrows said...

AHH I LOVE this. :) So cute. The dress is perfect on you!

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you so much, Leanna!
Hope you found yourself in my blogroll/reading list! :)

Gracey Pankey said...

Oh, I love polka dots and this dress is just amazing on you.

Kirstin said...

Love the polka dots, such great shades in here!

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you, Gracey! As you can see, my love for polka dots runs deep. :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Thanks, Kirstin! I wish I had more books from this series... Solely for more choice of colour. :)

Grit and Glamour said...

Madeline, I think your face is absolutely lovely! (RE: your last comment on G&G). You look very relaxed. But I did respond to your comment over on G&G with one tip.

And all these dots are so fresh and fun!

Sarah said...

I love the idea of that IAQ, haha. And I adore all of the lovely polka dots going on around here! (: Thanks for your constant stream of kind words on my blog. It adds a smile to my face and sometimes the comments are the things that get me through the day.

Lea said...

I love the polka dots :) And I adore that dress. I loved it on Marisa Violeta. She is so so sweet. And oh my goodness, your happy dotted notebooks are making me smile too. And I want to steal your little parasol and take a stroll through some Victorian England meadowy setting.

Britty said...

you look amazing in the polka dress! love the way you styled it! i learn alot from you I never heard of this children book it's has a cute cover though lol

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you, Vahni, and thanks for your answer too! Well, I won't tell how many pics I threw out this time, but maybe I'm getting better. :)

Madeline Quaint said...

You're very welcome, Sarah! Thank you for your support too, and that you're not only looking at the pictures but really reading through my posts! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

The parasol is so tiny, I'm quite sure it's a kids' one, but if you still want to borrow it when someone figures out time travel (high time if you ask me!), you're welcome to it! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Hi Britty, thank you! I'm sure you must have seen one of the film versions of "Lottie and Lisa", it's about two twins exchanging places. E.g. there was one film with Lindsay Lohan (when she was still small and innocent:).

İpek Oralalp said...

OH MY POLKADOTS. Soo lovely, I loved the dress!

(And for the pencil sharpener addiction, I see you! We all should sharpen pencils more often.)

Titine Totoche said...

Hi Madeline!! :)

Thanks for the idea for the pink pants, I hadn't thought about yellow, and my clutch is just waiting for more use (even though I stained it booo). Oh and the shoes, they're tall tall, so it requires a lot of concentration to walk in them hahaha, but they don't hurt.

I'm so interested in the books from this post, are they children books? Famous from Hungary? I've just never heard about them. Though I just read in a comment you made, that one is from the Lindsay Lohan movie. Your tiny parasol is so cute!! And I like the blue & burgundy combination ;)

Oh and I was wondering about your creative commons license, how did you get it?

Madeline Quaint said...

Thanks Ipek!
I must acquire a mechanic sharpener! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Hey Pau! :)

Pity about staining the lovely yellow clutch, hope it still can be rescued!

Yeah, Erich Kastner was a German childrens' book writer, and quite a genious at it. His books are very well loved around here. Klára Fehér was a Hungarian writer and none of her books are translated into English - room for improvement here! :)

The licence is very easy to get, just go to their website, fill out a short form and you get the html for it. That's all, you don't need to register or anything. Probably well worth it!

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

Oh I looove polka dots! This is so adorable!

Despina said...

Cute outfit!very beautifull.great blog dear!i am following u,follow back if u like.

Titine Totoche said...

Hi! Thanks so much, I'm going to go check that out.

Oh and what did Fehér write about?

Madeline Quaint said...

Thanks, Vanessa, polka dots rule! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

The title roughly means "those were the days", but it's far from nostalgic. The main character is an 18 year old girl riddled with all the problems of adolescence as well as second World War approaching.

The book touches on all the deteriorating political and financial backgrounds, but all from the point of view of a young girl who lives through this and witnesses one of her best friends being expelled from the school from being Jewish, together with a beloved teacher, who refuses to go along with the right wing government...

All the while she finally falls in love with someone and when the night of her first dance with him approaches, she hears he was enlisted and he has to fight in the war.

As her mother and father were similarly parted by the 1st World War, and she listened to their story of love and loss and love again so many times, it's an aching parallel in the family. I find the last sentence of the book especially poignant. It goes something like this: "And when I have a daughter who falls in love, and I tell her this story of mine, I wish with all my heart that she wouldn't understand, I just wish she wouldn't".

I remember this word-by-word as it's so heart-wrenching. It would make a great film...

Titine Totoche said...

Oooh wow, I got goose-pimples reading it. It sounds pretty sad, and considering it's not translated to English what happens in the end? Does she stay with the guy? Wait for him after the war? What happened to her friend?


I think it would definitely make a great movie as well.

Sorry if I'm asking too many questions.

Ruby Girl said...

polka dots everywhere! so fun. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

Marisa Violeta said...

Wow, the blue version of this dress is wonderful! Sadly I didn't saw it for sale on Zara because it is really adorable :) I also love your tights, and notebooks, and umbrella, and.. oh everything!